Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

The Enthoo Evolv was one of our favorite Micro-ATX cases. The release of Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass version of the Enthoo Evolving ATX is also a great opportunity to see the larger version of the tooth to feel, where we are, until now, no attention had been bestowed. Can the well-known recipe, complemented with tempered glass, to convince us?

From the front, see the Enthoo Evolving ATX as its predecessor. Characteristic for this series is the complete absence of the 5.25″bays. Devices as fancontrollers with display and of course dvd burners are used less and less, but if you are regularly a slice, then this is not the cabinet for you. The entire front is covered with an aluminum plate, just like all the other Enthoo.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

A large difference in comparison to the older varieties is that both side panels of tempered glass. The old Evolv ATX also had a side-window, but still just made of plexiglas and in addition not so big as it is now the case. If we look at the price, then the new version but about 15 euros more expensive than the normal Evolv ATX.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass: comparison

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass can motherboards up to E-ATX-size housing. With a capacity of 62 cubic ankle deep, volume is not significant for this class. In the graphs you will find a selection of other cabinets where you have at least an ATX motherboard in kwijtkan and between the 120 and 220 euros in costs.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass: Features

If you like the cabinet look at, it is unmistakably to a Enthoo Evolv. The distinctive design with the three millimeteter thick aluminium is clearly present. Next we tested the silver version, there are also versions in grey and black.

The aluminum side panels were replaced by copies made of glass. The four-millimeter-thick, hardened glass is on the right side, where you usually especially cables will see a bit more obscured than the side where you get your components properly will show. In this way the symmetrical design are retained, without that you very clear all of the cables see to walk. A nice detail is that there is in the glass, a black edge is processed, so that the hinges and cables on the ends of your casing to the are hidden from view.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

After removing the side panel we see a modern organized, where the 5.25″-some as said before are missing. The power supply is bottom mounted and is provided with a cover, so you get the wires unseen to the back can steer. For cables that you are at the bottom of the system board need, for example, an extra molex connector that some motherboards require, there is also a cable management hole at the top of the cover.

Another unique feature is the characteristic PWM hub that allows you up to six fans can be sent by one fan connector on the motherboard. The hub draws its power via a SATA power connector, so even a problem is to have several Y-splitters to connect so you get even more fans to connect to.

Phanteks jumps on the RGB bandwagon, though you can with this cabinet from ‘only’ ten colors to choose from. Anyway, the lighting remains limited to the power button on the top and an indent on the front. If you don’t like to wait, you can the lights, of course, also disable.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

Classification and cooling

The format of the slot is clearly taken into account with water cooling. There are special mounting points for reservoirs and a pump installed. You can also top a bracket extending to a radiator up to 360 mm, so you won’t have any problems with the memory if at that place is just your hoses from the radiator. Also in the front you can have such a radiator is lost, where, in addition, a large dust filter is placed. Back finally, is there place for one 140mm instance.

Water cooling is not required, because by default you get three fans with the Enthoo Evolv ATX. The issue here is the Phanteks PH-F140SP, 140mm fan which is on average about 19 euro costs in the individual sale, and especially excelled in the field of airflow in our tests. Since there are the front two pieces and the back still have a copy installed, we have high expectations of the cooling performance.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

The midtower can motherboards up to E-ATX format, accommodate, so you can be quite a system in build. For those who themselves considerably outside wants to go to storage is the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass less suitable. On the back of the motherboard tray you can put two 3,5″drives in tool-less trays, whereas with modular brackets to three discs can be places at the front. There liver you have the space for a waterkoelingradiator for in. Also on the back of the motherboard-tray are still two places available for 2.5″SSDS.

With the brackets installed you can put a video card of a maximum of 30 inches, while without brackets 42 inches of space. The power supply must 31,8 centimetres long, while CPU-coolers up to 19 cm in this cabinet fit.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass: Test

We use always the same test procedure for the cooling performance of enclosure to measure. We have different test setups devised and tested, and are ultimately at a fairly simple, but effective and consistent testing platform has been released.

As is known, are located in each computer sources of heat that cause the temperature in the housing rises, when it is not for sufficient ventilation. The largest sources of heat within a powerful PC are the processor and graphics card. Depending on the type of a processor without a lot of effort in the 90 to 100 watts to produce heat and new high-end processors can even go up to 130 watt. You will go to processor overclocking, then the consumption may rise significantly.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass

The second source of heat is the graphics card. A modern high-end card has a specified power consumption of 250 watts, while that for specimens with two GPU’s even higher can reach. A reasonable processor and graphics card can work together without too much trouble provide for a consumption of 300 to 350 watts, energy almost completely into heat is converted. Take the power consumption of the motherboard, the hard drive and optical drive and the 400 watt soon comes in sight.

To a heat output of 400 watts of stable and repeatable to produce and we have chosen to work with two verifiable wamtebronnen, each of 200 watts. The choice is ultimately fallen on the use of professional 200W light bulbs. With an efficiency of less than 3% indicates a 200 watt incandescent effective as 195 watts of heat, and in a very constant way. Our test setup consists of a defective motherboard which we two fittings have to be screwed, such that one lamp is located approximately at the position of the processor, and the second at the place where the video card normally the system puts out.

By one or both lamps to burn, we simulate a system that is almost 200, respectively almost 400 watts of heat. On the prepared system board, we also have a temperature sensor mounted to the temperature inside the cabinet measure. After the temperature to stabilize, we measure this with a load of 200 watts for a midrange system to simulate and at 400 watts for a high-end system to mimic. Both scenarios are carried out with the within the housing present case fans at 12 volts and 7 volts. All measured temperatures are normalised to an ambient temperature of 20 degrees.


We test the noise level in a sound proof box, in which all sounds above 17 dB(A) can be detected. For clarity, the standard ambient noise is about 30 dB(A). In the case we put a Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler, a Scythe Gouriki 700W power supply and an old Hitachi 80GB 7200 rpm hard disk drive. We test each case without the case fans running, to the dampening ability. In addition, we test the total noise with the case fans on low speed (7V) and high speed (12V).

Test results cooling 200 watts

We do a total of four measurements. The first set is with a heat production of 200 watts, the second at a heat production of 400 watts. Both sets are carried out with the fans running at low and at high rotational speed. That we’ll realize by the voltage of the fans to be set at 7 or 12 volts. When a housing with the first set (200 watts) temperatures above 30 degrees, leave a note, we have usually no second set of measurements at 400 watts. When the temperatures are 40 degrees transcend, we crossed typically the test.

200W 12V

Our high expectations in terms of cooling performance to be achieved: the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass cools just a bit better than the popular Enthoo Pro and should only be in the Corsair Air series are several recognise.

200W 7V

Also with the fans at 7V to continue the cooling performance is good.

Test results cooling 400 watt

The second set of the four tests we do with a heat production of 400 watts. Here, there is a lot more difficult for the housings to the heat as quickly as possible to implement.

400W 12V

If we the tax increase, the housing but two degrees warmer. Again, only the Air 540 and 740, the better.

400W 7V

With the fans on 7 volts the temperature, but he remains better cooling than many other cabinets.

Test results noise level

As always, there’s a counterpart of koelresultaten.

No fans

We test enclosures also always without rotating fans, purely to see how effectively they mute. The Enthoo Evolv ATX has no business as a sound deadening mats, which he is in terms of attenuation in the middle of the table.


We saw in the temperature results that the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass only the Corsair Carbide Air cases for had to let go, but there are clearly noisier. The Enthoo Pro cools just a bit less, while he’s more sound it produces. That is also true for the Obsidian 750D.


With the fans in full is the Evolving ATX, although clearly audible, but there are a number of cabinets that are still a bit noisier, even if they are less cool.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass: Conclusion

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass is an impressive wardrobe to see, with its aluminium panels and side panels of tempered glass. If you are using the cabinet in the back filled with he reliability and quality. There is a well thought about details, for example the black edge in the glass and the cover with cable management for the power supply. That features make sure that you build as beautiful as possible, exhibited.

With an average of 190 euro, the housing is a hefty asking price, but you get something in return. There are three 140mm fans of his own making in that above average cooling. Only the Corsair Carbide Air 540 and 740 convert even better cooling performance down, but that has clearly an impact on the noise level. The Enthoo Evolving ATX is not silent, but in comparison with other good cooling cabinets is the noise level.

Also several extra features make the price for us to justify is, as the typical PWM fanhub and the subtle lighting. You give a considerable amount of money on a cabinet and he is also not for everyone, but Phanteks gives you so much back. If you are a high-end system build, that will certainly feel at home in the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass. And you can find all the glass, but nothing, then you have still the ‘normal’ version with elegant aluminium side panels, which look at least as a premium look.

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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass review: case with real glass was last modified: November 29th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby